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5. Coping with Brain Injury Anniversary Dates – Survivor, Caregiver, Spouse, & Mother Perspectives

How do we approach brain injury anniversaries? That day can bring up a weird feeling, it can be painful, it can be hard to get through. Each of us will have different experiences with it. Today we will have perspectives from survivors as well as family members. Wherever you are on your journey, my hope […]

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6. Adapting + Adjusting to Life After Brain Injury (Survivor Stories)

Simply put… life is different after brain injury. So what is it like adjusting and adapting to living with symptoms and everything else that comes with having a brain injury? Today you’ll hear from two survivors sharing their stories, and how they have been learning to live in the “new normal”. My hope is that […]

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9. Re-Injuries, Symptom Flare-Ups, and Combatting Fear (with Ali Rheaume + Natasha Wilch)

The journey of living with brain injury comes with ups and downs. Today, you will hear from two guests: – Survivor Perspective: Ali Rheaume has been living with a TBI for 5 years, and just sustained a re-injury concussion a few months ago. She shares some of her journey and tips for dealing with re-injuries, […]

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10. Emotional Changes – Coping Strategies + How to Work Through Complex Emotions (with Dr. Ann Marie McLaughlin)

Emotional changes after brain injury are common. The way that the brain is physically affected can cause changes in emotional response. Also, dealing with a major life change can lead to complicated feelings and trauma responses. If you have experienced a wide range of confusing emotions, know that you are not alone! Today, Dr. Ann […]

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11. The Vestibular System and Brain Injury (with Dr. Jeremy Schmoe)

What is the vestibular system? How does it affect brain injury survivors? What symptoms can be caused by dysfunction of this system? Today, Dr. Jeremy Schmoe is here to answer these questions and so much more. Next week, Dr. Schmoe will be back to continue this conversation & talk about Dysautonomia. Season 1 – Episode […]

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12. Dysautonomia – How Autonomic Nervous System is Affected by Brain Injury & Concussions (with Dr. Jeremy Schmoe)

What is dysautonomia? How is it related to brain injury? How do you know if you have it? How is it treated?   Today, Dr. Jeremy Schmoe is back for a follow-up on last week’s episode on the vestibular system, to dig even further into some of the ways that autonomics can be affected by […]

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Finding Confidence After Concussions (with Allison Cook, Miss Oregon USA)

Today we’re kicking off Season 2 with five time concussion survivor and Miss Oregon USA, Allison Cook, on finding confidence and knowing your worth. We talk about coping with symptoms, overcoming imposter syndrome, the invisible injury, and more!   NOTES 0:00 Intro 1:41 Welcome to Season 2 9:24 Introducing Allison 12:39 Allison’s Concussion Journey 15:59 Coping […]

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Communication and Cognition after Brain Injury (Podcast with Katherine Noyes)

Communication is so important to our world, but it can be drastically affected for brain injury survivors. Difficulties include word finding, forming ideas, expressing oneself, understanding nonverbal cues, and more… so let’s work to understand this deeper and talk about some tips that can help! Today we are diving into the connection between communication and […]

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Applying Creativity to Brain Injury Recovery (Podcast with Ali Rheaume)

What does it mean to have a creative mindset – and how can it help recovery? Let’s talk about it! This week Cristabelle is joined by fellow survivor Ali Rheaume to discuss the benefits of creativity, and how having a creative mindset can aid in adaptability. This is an encouraging episode full of practical tips […]

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40. Vestibular Rehab + Ways to Improve/Maintain Recovery (with Sonia Vovan, PT)

After a brain injury, the vestibular system can be impacted and cause symptoms such as feeling off-balance, dizziness, vertigo, headaches, vision, and more. So this week we are discussing all things vestibular recovery with Sonia Vovan, PT! Sonia is here to share her expertise and educate us on all things vestibular rehabilitation, focusing on things […]

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45. Uncovering your Personal Path to Recovery (Dr. Molly Parker)

While each brain injury is unique, there are things we can do to treat it – as you find what works on your personal path of recovery. Dr. Molly Parker shares her personal concussion experience, including advice for work/life/symptom balance, routine, and boundaries. Then, we dive into the different types/sub-types of concussions, understanding your individual […]

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44. Finding Normal + Living with TBI (with Jeff Huxford)

What does “normal” mean anyway? Jeff Huxford was a family medicine doctor in northwest Indiana for ten years before having to retire due to complications from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). He has since become a blogger, author, and speaker – and his story is currently being turned into a feature film! This week, Jeff […]

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43. The Importance of Brain Injury Awareness (Cristabelle Braden)

Brain Injuries are invisible. You can’t see them on the outside, and that’s one of the reasons awareness is so important. They can be overlooked, misdiagnosed, or mistreated, and survivors feel the burden.  This week, Cristabelle shares some of her personal brain injury story, and how she has seen awareness improve over the last decade […]

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50. The Role of Trauma/PTSD in Brain Injury + How to Find Help (with Dr. Jen Blanchette)

Something often overlooked in brain injury recovery is the effect of trauma or PTSD on the survivor. Trauma symptoms can have a lot of overlap with brain injury symptoms, as both stimulate the Autonomic Nervous System. Dr. Jen Blanchette helps us to uncover what this overlap can mean, and explains how addressing trauma can often […]

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How to Sleep Better to Improve Brain Healing (Dr. Roy Wilkins – Part 2)

Let’s discuss some specifics on how to sleep better after a brain injury. Dr. Wilkins also shares important information on sleep hygiene, what a sleep study will do, and hope that there is help available. This is Part 2 – check out last week’s episode to hear an introduction on how sleep affects the brain […]

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